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Cruise Line
Black Watch
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Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

44

Very Good

33

Average

30

Poor

19

Terrible

10

Cruise type

139


TheGardener avatar

TheGardener

3 Reviews Written

14 Helpful Votes

Black Watch Cruise to Andalucia and Cadiz Festival

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This was our second cruise with Fred Olsen and the more we see of the FO fleet the more we love them. Fred Olsen's innovative choice of ports is a great attraction to us. After completing thirty cruises with other ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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DannyYoung

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Officers Breached Maritime Safety Law on RIB Trip?

My partner booked this cruise for me as a last minute Xmas present to sea the Northern Lights, we could have flown but I have a naval background. Black Watch is a lovely ship in good condition for her age. We ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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seaventurer

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Epic 14 day adventure to Norway and the Arctic, chasing the Northern Lights

FRED. OLSEN CRUISES BLACK WATCH - 14 Nights, Norway & The Arctic Ålesund, Trondheim, Tromsø (overnight), Alta (overnight), Kristiansund I am on a mission. After sailing on over 50 ships, 150+ cruises and ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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jays175

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Great first time family cruise

As first time cruisers we wanted a short trip on a smaller ship as we were travelling with young children, ages 7 and 11, and were not sure how they would be. They totally loved it and have already asked when we ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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KPCruiser1234

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Fabulous Fjords

Fabulous to sail away from Liverpool. Very smooth and quick to embark and disembark. Our terrace balcony cabin 7024 was really lovely with a large lounge area and separate bedroom. Our steward kept the room ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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csg devizes

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Very enjoyable

Chose this cruise because of the itinerary . The fact that it sailed from Liverpool was an added bonus as we have always wanted to visit the city. We were not disappointed with our three night stay before boarding. ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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rcem

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Diamond Wedding Celebration

The main reason was sailing from Liverpool and a return visit to the Fjords. From our arrival at Pier Head all went smoothly. Our Balcony Suite was perfect, spacious, clean plenty of wardrobe and drawer space, met ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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hemlock9

2 Reviews Written

19 Helpful Votes

Disappointing

Chose this cruise because the itinery seemed to meet our rquirements. Unfortunately the captain took the decision not to go to Shetland due to bad weather. While we accept his decision we felt more could be done to ...
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Sail Date May 2019


Tim B avatar

Tim B

3 Reviews Written

30 Helpful Votes

Much enjoyed visit to Scotland

A first experience: both of Fred Olsen and departing from Liverpool. Overall a good experience. Everything very efficiently dealt with and we were put at ease by the professionalism of the staff. The food was very ...
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Sail Date May 2019


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lesleykarling

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Great ports of call

Local departure Liverpool Ships staff very friendly and well trained in serving guests. Some of the ship has been refurbished in a very modern and pleasing way other parts are rather lacking in style and colour and ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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playbus

1 Review Written

17 Helpful Votes

Cruise to snooze by

Just back from 28 day cruise on Olsen’s Black Watch. We are in our early 60 s and very active, most on the cruise are in their eighties plus, low mobility and not active. Great for them to get a cruise holiday but ...
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Sail Date May 2019


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halan

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Bordeaux and French rivers

the time was right and some good places to visit and trip was good and food and service excellent good value for money. the cruise director had a snuffly cold and was announcing things over the tannoy and you ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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Teganwoof

1 Review Written

15 Helpful Votes

Not Impressed

We knew we had made an expensive mistake with this cruise when we saw the other passengers at Southampton - we are in our late sixties/early seventies but we felt like teenagers compared with the rest of the ...
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Sail Date March 2019


ALlew avatar

ALlew

1 Review Written

14 Helpful Votes

Overpriced and poor value for money!

I wish I’d seen several of the recent comments before I booked on Black Watch. There is so little to merit this ship apart from a very loyal and overworked crew. I have no idea why it has such an apparently ...
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Sail Date February 2019


john sear avatar

john sear

1 Review Written

13 Helpful Votes

Don't become ill with this company

Care of the customer seems to have become secondary to profit. A92 yr old pensioner had to be admitted to hospital in Cherbourg but was released as fit a few hours later. We saw him at 1pm sitting in the drafty ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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Katendavid

1 Review Written

Our thoughts

Saw this advertised on our first ever cruise last April, and we were not disappointed. The Panama canal was awesome, and the South Pacific a lifetime experience. The lectures especially Peter on port excursions ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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inspire me

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Never Again!

Chose this cruise so that I would miss the February UK weather. The ports of call were few and varied, however the european stops were very short and I felt were more for the benefit of the ship (eg bunkering) than ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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chandos59

3 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

A bit like a care home but there were some good points

A bit like a care home especially the lounge areas. A lot of elderly people with their carers on board and ambulance often waiting at the dockside. Some good points and some bad. It certainly would not suit everyone ...
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Sail Date October 2017


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RolfRichardson

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

A good way to avoid the winter

We chose this cruise to see the South Pacific and avoid much of the English winter. We have cruised a lot, including with Fred, so knew the pitfalls, which were mainly that this is an old ship with the sort of ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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Dottie2

3 Reviews Written

11 Helpful Votes

Black watch - old ship

We chose this cruise because it sailed from Liverpool. Fed up of travelling from the north to Southampton. Food was generally good and as a vegetarian I had a good choice. Cabins were fresh and clean. beds ...
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Sail Date September 2018


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Greenlandic Adventure

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Great itinerary, kind staff but a tired hi-di-hi format

Location - we wanted to travel to Greenland and this cruise left from Liverpool which was reasonably convenient. The itinerary (Iceland and Greenland with a short stop at Belfast at the end) was the decider. ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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J0nah

1 Review Written

19 Helpful Votes

Good itinerary, great crew, premium cabin spoilt by smokers.

Interesting itinerary, including Norway, Svalbard and the Faroes. Black Watch is an old boat, but is comfortable. Other clients are self evidently fairly old, and mainly British. Being smaller, embarkation ...
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Sail Date June 2018


jolly121 avatar

jolly121

6 Reviews Written

17 Helpful Votes

Poor poor ship

Sailed with Fred Olsen several times..this was not what I expected after paying top rates for a luxury cruise. Not a sparkling ship, the windows were filthy, sticky chair arms and backs of chairs. Smears on tables, ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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jono mono

9 Reviews Written

52 Helpful Votes

ICELAND 8 days

Itinary was the main reason for this trip. The outside cabin on the 4th deck was very good,comfy bed and kept perfectly clean by the housekeeper,there was "noise" but the ship is old and there were some rough ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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raneilan1982

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

A Wonderful Experience on a Truly Classic Ship

I was about 8 years old when 'Black Watch' was launched under its original name, 'Royal Viking Star.' I remember seeing advertisements for it in my aunt's copies of Travel & Leisure magazine. Something about the ...
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Sail Date June 2018


Black Watch Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.03.6
Dining5.04.1
Entertainment5.03.6
Public Rooms5.03.9
Fitness Recreation5.03.4
Family2.05
Enrichment5.03.5
Service5.04.3
Value For Money4.03.6
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